October 13, 2014 |
Hours before Burlington City's historic fire hall and emergency squad headquarters were sold, a group of first responders gathered one last time in the belly of the old brick building with the weathered steeple and wide doors that once accommodated horse-drawn fire wagons. "It's kind of funny. . . . It's like moving out of a house where you had a lot of memories and where you met most of your friends," said David Ekelburg, who first unpacked his coat and boots at the Endeavor Fire Company and Emergency Squad hall 40 years ago when he was a volunteer.
November 11, 2012 |
Warren M. Tanksley Sr., 98, a building contractor, died Sunday, Nov. 4, at the York Nursing Home in Philadelphia. He had lived in Camden for many years. Mr. Tanksley was known for his mastery and meticulous attention to the details of building construction, learned from correspondence courses. "He was one of the few black men of his era to master these skills. It would be hard to find an aspect of the building trades that was foreign to him," said his daughter, Sallie. In the mid-1980s, the architects and engineers planning to build St. John Baptist Church in Camden doubted that they could bring in the project they envisioned - with a baptismal font and steeple - without going $500,000 over budget.
November 9, 2012 |
THE ELDERS OF St. John Baptist Church in Camden were horrified in the mid-'80s, when their architects and engineers told them how much it would cost to build a new church. The church leaders were informed that to build the kind of church they wanted - with the steeple and baptismal pool they had envisioned - would cost $500,000 more than budgeted. What to do? Someone remembered Warren Tanksley. He was known as a master builder with an impeccable reputation for superior work and, just as important, economy.
February 19, 2012 |
At dusk on Saturday, the Centennial Bell that hangs in the Independence Hall tower chimed for the first time in 18 months, filling the air with a clear, crisp sound that will mark every hour of every day. About 100 bystanders gathered to watch the unveiling of the Philadelphia landmark. "Here we are in the figurative shadow of our founders," Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, said as she welcomed the crowd. She described the history of Independence Hall, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the ratification of the Constitution.
December 28, 2009 |
As the weekend's weather went from frightful to delightful yesterday, the new Greater Mount Pisgah Church of Haddonfield came to life in brilliant sunshine. The 126-seat sanctuary at Ellis and Potter Streets was supposed to be inaugurated a week ago, ahead of Christmas, but near-record snowfall forced a postponement that allowed time for a few finishing touches. "We believe God gave us the blizzard because we were out of time," said the Rev. Mark-Anthony Rassmann Sr. "He gave us the sunshine because we are in perfect time now. " Resurrected from the ashes of a 2006 fire ignited by a roofer's torch, the century-and-a-quarter-old house of worship formerly known as Mount Pisgah A.M.E.
December 6, 2007 |
The sharp spire of historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church pokes a needle hole in the sky above the patrician townhouses of Society Hill. For more than 160 years, the tower has withstood blizzards, hurricanes, summer scorchings, the timber-rattling vibes from bells ringing in its chest, and the corrosive gifts left by winged guests - pigeons, that is, not angels. But like the bells, the years took their toll. By the 1990s, says Gail Hauptfuhrer, the church was in "some disrepair.
June 20, 2006 |
A historic Haddonfield church was heavily damaged yesterday by a three-alarm fire that broke out in the roof around the steeple, church and fire officials said. The blaze at Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church, in the 200 block of Ellis Street, burned for about an hour after the first alarm sounded at 11:05 a.m. No one was injured. Fifty firefighters using 15 pieces of equipment brought the fire under control as a small group of church members watched near the small building. "That's the way life goes," said Charles Butler, 81, head trustee of the 50-member church, who lives next door.
April 22, 2006 |
And a powerful shower shall come to pass this afternoon in Old City. At 1:30, to be precise. That's when Christ Church plans to test a new fire-prevention system, sending torrents of water cascading down the outside of its storied old steeple - which survived a bad scare two years ago - and onto people, streets and gardens below. In typical fashion, the church - at Second and Market Streets - is turning it into a community event. "Bring your own umbrella," read the invitation sent to parishioners, preservationists, neighbors and other supporters of the church, where George Washington worshiped and Benjamin Franklin raised money to fund construction of the 253-year-old steeple.
August 4, 2005 |
Of the Aug. 3, 2004, collapse of the 117-year-old steeple of the landmark Christ Memorial Church in West Philadelphia, this much is known: The 171-foot-high steeple was hit by lightning and five hours later imploded in a pile of stone rubble. Now, a Philadelphia court is being asked to decide if the collapse was an act of nature or the result of years of "wear and tear" and neglect - and whether Christ Memorial's insurer is justified in denying the $8 million claim. "It was an act of nature, and it has devastated this congregation," said the Rev. Michael Fitzpatrick, Christ Memorial's acting pastor.
August 9, 2004 |
The hymn was about the importance of faith in God over form, of belief over buildings, and it could not have been more perfect. "Built on the Rock the church doth stand, Even when steeples are falling; Crumbled have spires in every land, Bells still are chiming and calling . . . " Less than a week ago, the 170-foot steeple of Christ Memorial Church in West Philadelphia collapsed into a pile of rubble, leaving the church badly damaged and...